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  1. Book Recommendation Thread


    #429982012-11-19 06:46:25 *DarkChaplain said:

    Alright, since, looking back at my old Book Review thread, most people don't really care about actual reviews for as unpopular a medium as books, or are unable to write them, let's try something a bit different.

    Back then, a lot of people felt the urge to recommend books they liked, without actually doing the review part. "Here, read this" was pretty much all that was posted.

    So this time, you're invited to recommend books you've read - but properly. Your recommendations should be as accessible yet informative as possible, hence I've collected a few rules, or guidelines, to help make that happen.


    No one-liners.

    Please only recommend actual books, short stories or novella-length stories that have been published, one way or another. Do not recommend fanfictions. Ebooks are fine. Comics or Light Novels are not. Avoid recommending ongoing magazines, or specific issues thereof.

    Your recommendation must be written in your own words. You are free to post a blurp of the book's contents, as found on the back of most books, the publisher's site, onlinestores or Goodreads.

    However, it is your task to make the book appeal to readers of this thread. You have to tell them why people should read it, what's special about it, what feelings the story evokes and so on.
    You do not need to write a full review!
    Give people a taste and recommend them your reads.

    Feel free to post a cover representing your book, if available. Please don't post unrelated images, and try to post only one for each book, unless you are recommending a specific copy, collector's edition or somesuch. Of course you can show the extras that come with those. Please consider linking those instead, though. No image-bombing!

    Please also try to find the book (in english) on Goodreads.com, and link it in your posts.
    Goodreads has a fairly large registry of books, and you can search for your book's ISBN, authors, titles, whatever details there are, really. Including this link in your post will make it easier for interested people to find the book, check reviews and ratings and, eventually, pick it up.

    Try to avoid recommending the same few books multiple times!
    If another user has already recommended your book, feel free to post a direct reply below his/her recommendation.
    You can do this by clicking the post's date/time of posting. This will lead you to a page showing only that one post, and you'll be able to reply on that site. Trust me, it will be more pleasant to browse that way.

    This also includes disagreements on the author's recommendation!

    If you, for whatever reason, feel like you have a LOT and different things to say about the same book, however, you may still recommend what somebody else recommended before you.

    I guess that's all for the time being. I hope those points are helpful enough, and this thread is getting some attention...

  2. #430032012-11-19 10:32:40JoJoBird said:

    I would recommend a bunch of books right now but I think limiting one per post is a nice way to do it.. I am currently reading a book called Little Bee for my class which is about an African woman who seeks refuge in the U.K. and the woman she stays with , it is a very fast read I am almost half way done with only reading it a few times on the way to class. There is some humor from the way the narrator discusses everyday life from the first world from the eyes of a third worlder. The author is a male which surprised many women in my class because they felt he captured the female characters so well that is doesn't seem like it's a man writing about women. I say it is worth a check out if you want to read something small and full of great insight.

    www.goodreads.com/book/show/6948436-little-bee http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wpxGbIewYng/TiiKb_5S25I/AAAAAAAABsE/D8-1q2Wef-4/s1600/4078927.jpg

  3. #430072012-11-19 13:14:45 *4stein said:

    I recommend the farseer trilogy. The first book is named "The assassin's apprentice". The first book starts out with our main character, a boy named Fitz. He's about 10 years old. A farmer who have raised Fitz brings him to the castle of Buck, where he throws him to the guards and tells them that the man who helped create him would have to raise him. It turns out that Fitz is the bastard son of the eldest prince, the successor to the throne. The king accepts him into the family, but as a person without rank. Fitz will never have the chance to rule the kingdom, however, the king has other plans for him. He orders to current stablemaster to raise him, a man name Burrich, and when Fitz has grown older, the king orders that Fitz is to be put into training to be the royal assassin.

    the world setting is a fantasy medieval world, which has three kinds of magic aswell, and Fitz happen to master two of them, the royal magic (which is hard to explain, the farseer magic) and the forbidden magic (to bond and talk with animals, and if a strong bond is formed, the union of both their souls.)

    The farseer trilogy are a couple of great books, which i strongly recommend. If you're a fantasy fan, you will not regret it. The author is Robin Hobbs, and all her books are weaved into the same world, sometimes you even encoutner characters from her other books.

    www.goodreads.com/book/show/45107.Assassin_s_Apprentice

  4. #430122012-11-19 14:31:08 *archangel said:

    I would recommend my personal favorite, "the name of the wind" by Patrick Rothfuss; this book got me hooked on reading. I finished this book recently and fell in love with it; sure there are some typos (or maybe it's my dyslexia again) but it's the guy's debut novel so I let it slide. It's a fantasy story different from others that have the same repetitive theme and plot; IMO. The story is about Kvothe an old innkeeper with a warrior's past re-telling his story while a supernatural presence threatens their very existence in the present time

    http://sffbookreview.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/name-of-the-windd1.jpg?w=195&h=300

    this is the first book of the trilogy and I can't wait till I get my hands on the second book

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/81/The_Wise_Man%27s_Fear_UK_cover.jpg/200px-The_Wise_Man%27s_Fear_UK_cover.jpg

  5. #430242012-11-19 22:43:08 *Cloud-VK said:

    I Recommend my favorite series right now J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brother hood series because I think its badass, its comical, action packed, and filled with sex. Anyway check it out.

  6. #430262012-11-19 23:46:01DarkChaplain said:

    I'm very happy with your contributions so far, people! Keep it up!

    Just, like @JoJoBird said, @CloudVariasKira, you're doing it wrong. No copy-pasting without contributing your own words and recommendation.
    Read the OP again. You're doing it wrong, so please either FIX your post to align with the terms set out, or remove it, if you feel unable to do so.

  7. #430352012-11-20 02:56:05TWDeath said:

    http://japaneseliterature.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/zaregoto.jpg
    this is really awesome i cant really give a review cause someone took it but from how much ive read it's a book thatll really draw you in

  8. #430372012-11-20 03:01:23DarkChaplain said:

    @TWDeath
    Please, read the opening post again.
    You are NOT supposed to review, but to recommend books.
    I also asked to avoid posting Light Novels, although it should be acceptable if there are proper english releases available via the usual distribution channels (this excludes inofficial/fan-translations).

    You're also missing the most important points in your post:
    WHY does it draw you in? What happens in this book? Where is the link to Goodreads? What is this whole book/series about?

    Please, fix your post~

  9. #430412012-11-20 03:26:43DarkChaplain said:

    a) Reading Comprehension
    b) I'd like to check that, but sadly you did not provide any outside sources or details on the book apart from the cover.

  10. #430402012-11-20 03:24:46DarkChaplain said:

    Alright, here's a massive book I can not recommend enough:

    H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction

    http://picload.org/image/dipragg/144087584.jpg

    This book is MASSIVE! About 1100 pages, filled with stories written by the original creater of what would be known as the Cthulhu Mythos.

    You'll find more than 70 stories and drafts in this big hardback edition, which covers pretty much every piece of fiction Lovecraft has written under his own name (he did help other writers a lot, and even acted as a ghost writer at times).

    Every entry comes with a short, yet informative introduction text by the editor of this collection, which points at Lovecraft's inspiration, publication dates and little facts about the stories.

    The book itself looks absolutely stunning. The pages got silver borders (the picture above is probably from the first edition), an internal bookmark and illustrations on the insides. It really is a gorgeous edition, and fairly cheap at that. It should be available for about $20 in the US, probably cheaper via Barnes & Noble, who published it in their Classics series. In the EU, it should be around 20-25€, which is still a fantastic price, considering you could also get paperbacks for around 10€, which cover only a split fraction of what this one includes. You're completely covered here.

    Here's an imgur album with photos of the book

    As for the stories themselves... You'll find some of the best and earliest pieces of Supernatural Horror literature and science fiction. The stories are memorable and unsettling, and while basically stand-alone, they are linked by mentions and cross-references to occult books, characters, deities or just nods via similar names.

    From The Call of Cthulhu to The Thing on the Doorstep and At the Mountains of Madness, this collection will entertain the reader interested in subtle, supernatural and psychical horror for a very long time, even beyond the simple first read. A lot of stories are short enough to be read during breaks, or when chat is down :)

    Pick it up~

  11. #430422012-11-20 03:43:01 *El_Melon said:

    I would recommend the Skulduggery Pleasant books. to explain it simply, it's about a teenaged girl, who after her uncle is murdered, goes on adventures with a detective in order to solve the mystery, and in doing so saves the world. Did I mention that there's magic? Yeah. There's magic. The book combines several aspects like comedy, action, drama, and mystery stuff into a good book. Did I mention that there's magic? I did, didn't I. Well, there's lots of it. Also, since you asked, here's a link to the goodreads site. www.goodreads.com/book/show/284440.Skulduggery_Pleasant I verily recommend this book. This shit's good, yo.

  12. #431242012-11-21 11:52:42archangel said:

    sorry accidentally clicked delete AND I WILL NOT EXPLAIN HOW

    Graceling by Kristin Cashore

    http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120423210745/graceling/images/4/40/File-Graceling_cover.png

    It's the first book in the graceling series, Kristin basically set the bar high when this came out in 2008 as her debut novel. Very well written and the lore is interesting, especially the antagonist's background which is shown in both "fire" and "bitterblue" other books in the series which I have not read yet. The story is unique, and the main character is no fairy tail princess, because she has a "killing" talent if you know what I mean. But the love story isn't new and I can't get passed the character's tsundere-ness. All in all it's a great book, I love reading it, I'm sure fantasy lovers would love to read this, and I can't wait to get my hands on the two other books

    (prequel)

    http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120423210803/graceling/images/b/b9/File-Fire_cover.png

    (sequel)

    http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120423210825/graceling/images/thumb/b/b2/Bitterblue_Dial_for_blogger.jpeg/200px-Bitterblue_Dial_for_blogger.jpeg